summer 2013 interns and projects

2013 interns in Chinatown
top row: Victor Geminiani, Joo Young Seo, Elena Pacheco
bottom row: Matt Justice, Christiaan Mitchell, Rebekah Chong, Kelly Maeshiro, Nick Pietropaolo

Rebekah Leiolakaikemekana’auwauho’opunimekealoha Chong, Manhattanville College, 2012 Alumni

  • Social Media- Create infographics on the important issues addressed by Hawaii Appleseed and research other potential social media platforms.

Matt Justice, 2L Michigan Law School

  • Foster Care- Investigate problems within the Hawai'i foster care system, paying particular attention to the provision of mental health services, and developing strategies for improving conditions within that system.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse- Research improving the provision mental health and substance abuse services for youths in juvenile detention.
  • Support current litigation.

Kelly Maeshiro, Senior, Harvard College

  • School Environment and Discipline- Work collaboratively with the Hawaii Department of Education to provide research, findings, and possible recommendations for its practices regarding school environment and school discipline.

Christiaan Mitchell, 3L UH Richardson School of Law

  • Tax Policies- Advocate for tax reform proposals to lessen the burdens on low-income wage-earners and families living in poverty.

Elena Pacheco, 2L UC Berkeley School of Law

  • Affordable Housing- Identify successful affordable housing models around the country and determine how those models might be most effectively adopted in Hawaii.

Nick Pietropaolo, 2L Michigan Law School

  • Tax Policies- Advocate for tax reform proposals to lessen the burdens on low-income wage-earners and families living in poverty.

Joo Young Seo, 2L Columbia Law School

  • Poverty Among Seniors- Research information about the state of poverty in Hawaii's elderly population and develop a draft report.
  • Driver's license- Research the need for translation of the written driver's license exam into languages with significant populations with limited English proficiency living in Hawaii.